Rebula/Ribolla – living on the borderline?

Brda landscape in western Slovenia

Caroline Gilby MW surveys the world through the prism of a particularly local white wine grape. See also Julia’s Rebula – there’s gold in them thar hills. All pictures, including this view of Brda vineyards, are courtesy of D J W Bailey.

There are local grapes and local grapes, and even that global traveller Chardonnay was once someone's local grape. But why some grapes made it big and others remain confined to small areas of the wine world is a fascinating question. For some varieties, it's clear that the best it can do is be a good example of...